Mentally ill are dying because of a faulty law
I last saw my sister Susan alive on Dec. 3, 2008. A few days later, curled up on the back porch of a vacant house in Reading where she had once lived, she froze to death.
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#1 Dec 27, 2010
Many are so sorry for you plight and understand.
Unfortunately, several years ago, those is state government in Harrisburg decided to close many state hospitals and there are fewer places for treatment, housing and safety in Pennsylvania.
They (under R Governor Ridge)said they did it for the patients themselves as they would be able to live in the community.
They were released from the hospitals and many placed in the most dangerous urban neighborhoods filled with illegal drugs and criminals. No one has kept records of their trials and tribulations. Former patients have suffered and died and the opportunities for the treatment of others have disappeared.
Additionally, thousands of healthcare jobs have been lost throughout the state.
Truthfully, it was done as a cost cutting move and to sell state property to developers to make millions. The state hospitals were allowed to deteriorate appropriately to lower the costs to the politicians "friends" then sold and some are being developed. One such facility in Allentown is being down-sized right now. Patients disbursed, jobs lost facilities gone forever.
The truth is the mentally ill in PA are a liablility and embarrassment in PA.
Bureaucrats and politicians want a perfect state with citizens as perfect as they are.
Again....sorry to hear this story. She, like thousands of others, deserved better.
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